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date: 12 May 2021

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Although Asian American history has increasingly engaged with the question of empire to expand the field’s geographical and temporal boundaries, scholarship about Asian Americans and war, for the most part, continues to reproduce liberal narratives of national inclusion and citizenship. Taking this historiographical problem as a point of departure, this essay interrogates the interpretive possibilities of bringing war and empire into a single analytical frame. Reviewing recent scholarship that has taken up this task, the essay contends that doing so can illuminate a different genealogy of Asian American citizenship that is rooted in global processes of imperial state violence. In this endeavor, Asian American history can engage productively with other interdisciplinary fields of study, including Pacific Islander studies and critical Asian studies.

Keywords: empire, war, military service, transnationalism, racial formation, Asia and the Pacific, Asian settler colonialism, state violence

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